Robert E. Lee - World's 5th Largest Tree
Height: 256.56+ ft (78.20+ m) Elevation: 6,350 ft (1,935 m) GPS Latitude: 36.74729
Volume: 44,243 ft3 (1,253 m3) Creek: Big Tree Creek GPS Longitude: -118.97256
Width: 24.44 ft (7.45 m) Grove: General Grant Grove Discovery Date:
Age: 2,600 y Park: Kings Canyon NP Discovered By:

Notes: Robert E. Lee is the world's 5th largest tree, the 5th largest giant redwood, the 2nd largest tree in Kings Canyon National Park, and the 2nd largest tree in General Grant Grove. Volume estimate includes reiterated stems and branches. Excluding reiterations and branches, Robert E. Lee is the world's 12th largest tree and the 11th largest giant redwood. In 1875, Confederate Army Lieutenant Richard Field named the tree to honor Confederate Army General Robert E. Lee. The tree contains nearly 1.5 billion leaves and over 23 thousand cones.

Robert E. Lee should not be confused with other Robert E. Lee trees which grow in Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park and Packsaddle Grove in Giant Sequoia National Monument or with General Lee which grows in Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park.

Nearby famous redwoods include Boole Fallen Monarch General Grant Hart Ishi Giant Roosevelt

Drive: Robert E. Lee is 204 mi (328 km) southeast of San Francisco near Fresno.

Northbound: From U.S. Interstate 5 North, transfer to California State Route 99 North toward Bakersfield. Drive north 97 mi (156 km) on California State Route 99 and transfer to California State Route 198 East toward Visalia. Drive east 86 mi (138 m) on California State Route 198 and turn right onto California State Route 180 East toward General Grant Grove. Drive north 1.6 mi (2.6 km) on California State Route 180 and turn left onto an unnamed road 0.2 mi (0.3 km) past the Kings Canyon Visitor Center and General Grant Grove Cabins.

Southbound: From U.S. Interstate 5 South in Sacramento, transfer to U.S. Highway 50 East toward South Lake Tahoe. Drive east 1.7 mi (2.7 km) on U.S. Highway 50 and transfer to California State Highway 99 South. Near Fresno, transfer to California State Route 180 East. Drive east 58 mi (93 km) on California State Route 180 toward General Grant Grove. Turn left onto an unnamed road 0.2 mi (0.3 km) past the Kings Canyon Visitor Center and General Grant Grove Cabins.

Drive west 0.8 mi (1.2 km) on the unnamed road to the General Grant Tree parking lot.

Hike: At the northern edge of the parking lot, turn right/northeast at the trailhead and hike east 230 ft (70 m) to Robert E. Lee which appears your left beside Fallen Monarch.

Rating: Easy One-Way Distance: 230 ft (70 m) Ascent: 10 ft (3 m)
Time: 1 min Off-Trail: 0 ft (0 m) Descent: 0 ft (0 m)
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